The Old Melbourne Gaol has just launched a new program for kids: 'Escape the Gaol'. Escape the Gaol is a scavenger hunt that has been designed to get kids exploring the gaol and learning about the history of this amazing place while having fun.
The game will have you in and out of cells on three levels and scratching your heads over a few tricky clues thrown in. The game requires reading but even younger kids can enjoy it with a little adult assistance.
As the final home to Ned Kelly, the hunt includes his cell and encourages you to read a little of his history. You can also dress in replica armour and the iconic helmet.
There is plenty to see in and around the cells and I know my kids were captivated with the place. I would suggest allowing an hour to complete Escape the Gaol but this will vary on how old the kids are and how much additional exploring and reading you'd like to do.
The three levels of the Gaol are accessed only by stairs, buildings of this era weren't quite up with accessible options. Approximately a quarter of the questions relate to the ground floor should you be restricted to that level.
Escape the Gaol is aimed at children 6 and over but can be played by younger children with help. On now until Friday 26th of January 2018.
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a short walk from Melbourne Central Train Station or there is also limited street parking around.